Tag Archives: Build

Publish symbols to Azure File Storage with the VSTS Hosted Agent

A while ago I migrated a lot of builds to the Visual Studio Team Services Hosted Agents. This works great. We reduced the number of build servers and agent on-premises and can now easily scal up and down. But .. as it goes… there is always that next thing on the list. In my case […]

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Only trigger a release when the build changed

I created a Build task for this purpose as well. Check it out here!  Back in the early days, when we used XAML builds in TFS (wow that seems like ages ago!), we had the possibility to NOT execute a build when nothing changed in the source code repository. This checkbox “Build even if nothing has changed” […]

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Installing a VSTS Build agent on Mac OSX

Today I needed to install the VSTS Build Agent on a Mac Mini in the office so we can build the IPhone App. The great part of the new build infrastructure in VSTS is that it is Cross Platform and we CAN do that. Just download the agent and run the command provided in the interface. […]

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Copy files (and run tests) on a remote machine back to the VSTS build and release agent

This week I was working on a script, running in my VSTS release pipeline that executed Pester tests on a remote machine. Running Pester tests on the VSTS Build and Release Agent work fine with one the awesome tasks on the Visual Studio Marketplace, but this was about running the tests remotely AND getting the […]

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Controlling build quality using Build Tags and VSTS Release Management

On many occasions a release is a composition of many different artifacts, like product MSI’s, Shared Assemblies, Documentation etc.. I like to compare it with a big box that you use when moving. You fill it up with all sort of little boxes and other stuff and you label it. The big box is the […]

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2 weeks full of highlights

Wow ! Normally I post about VSTS or TFS or just about some other techy stuff but my last 2 weeks were so packed with highlights, both personally and at Xpirit, I just wanted it to share with you. I’ll first give you the executive summary Personally I became ALM MVP for the 5th time […]

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Unattended install of a Visual Studio Team Services (a.k.a. VSO) Build Agent

A while ago I was looking at installing the VSTS build Agent on Linux and was searching for the possibility to uninstall it unattended. I was doing this because I wanted to run my agent in a Docker container and on startup I wanted to run a configured agent. I solved ths by using an […]

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Build, Test, Deploy, Repeat – Slides from my Techorama session

Techorama is a new international developer conference that was born in 2014. It is a conference that is organized by 3 community-driven techies, Pieter Gheysens, Gill Cleeren and Kevin DeRudder and brings inspiring keynotes, deep-dive developer sessions, integration scenarios and best practices. All this goodness is professionally delivered by international speakers and local community rock […]

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Build fails when associating work items

Recently I ran into a strange problem. I modified a work item type definition and added a field. So far, so good. The field could be edited and everyone was happy. But after that, my build failed. As you may or may not know you can choose to associate work items during a check-in (read […]

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Error in TFS 2013 build – Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.VisualStudio.Services.WebApi

Recently I installed TFS 2013.2 and modified some Build Templates. I also installed a separate Build Server that executes these builds for me. My build template was based on the default TFS 2013 Build template (Tfvctemplate.12.xaml) When my build executed, it ran for a while, but eventually it stopped with a nasty error message An […]

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